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"I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup," she told me. "I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen."

- Nicki Minaj for GQ Magazine November 2014.

Dynamic Africa: Global Music Events Listing (Oct. 19th, 2014).

A couple concerts, music performances and other events happening all around the world.

TV On the Radio US Tour Dates

From the Riot Festival in Denver*, to the Life is Beautiful Festival** in Las Vegas, TVOTR are touring the USA from September through to November, ending at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band will be releasing their first album in three years, Seeds, in the Fall so except new music.

19th September - 22nd November
Various venues, USA

Seun Kuti South American & European Tour

18th October - 14th November
Various venues, Europe

Tinariwen US Fall/Winter Tour Dates

Malian group Tinariwen are on a North American tour this month kicking off in California and ending in New York in November.

18th October - 10th November
Various venues, USA

Kaytranada European Tour & Canada Tour

23rd October - 27th December
Various venues, Europe & Canada

Kelela European & North American Tour

Kelela’s fall tour kicks off at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris where she’ll be performing at their opening party on October 29th,alongside Hawk House, Shura and Kindness. 

29th October - 13th December
Various venues, USA

Oslo World Music Festival

African Artists: Ayo (Nigeria/Germany), Bafana Nhlapo (South Africa), BLITZ the AMBASSADOR (Ghana), Danny Maroc (Morocco), Ebo Taylor (Ghana), DJ Nigga Fox (Angola), Hugh Masakela (South Africa), Islam Chipsy (Egypt), Khaled (Algeria), Maurice Louca (Egypt), Mdou Moctar (Niger), Monica Ifejilika (Norway/Nigeria), OY (Ghana/Switzerland), Sheldon Blackman (Norway/Trinidad & Tobago), Souad Massi (Algeria), The brother moves on (South Africa).

28th October - 2nd November 2014
Kulturhuset, Norway

Electro Comes To Ghana

Hosted by the Alliance Francaise in Accra, this three day music event brings together Ghanaian and international electronic acts headlined by Kenyan group Just A Band.

23th - 25th October
Alliance Francaise Accra, Ghana

Denai Moore December England Mini-Tour

Denai Moore will be headlining her own mini-tour in December with three dates in London, Bristol and Manchester on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of the month respectively.

3rd - 5th December
Various venues, England

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NEW MUSIC: Yemi Alade - “Kissing”.

Following the success of her singles Johnny and Tangerine, Nigerian singer Yemi Alade is back with another song. Taken from her debut album “King of Queens” (no relation to the TV show) released earlier this month, Yemi Alade and director Sesan take us through the ups and downs of a love story that’s lasted the test of time.

And of course, Yemi looks absolutely flawless in every shot.

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Born on this day, October 15, 1938, in Abeokuta, Nigeria - Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

"I must identify myself with Africa. Then I will have an identity." 
On how he came up with his Afrobeat sound.

"Name? Fela. 
Just Fela? Yeah, jus’ Fela. 
Address? My house. 
Where? Right here, in Surulere, man, yeah!” 
A conversation between Fela and the police officer who ‘checked’ him in at Alagbon Close police station in 1974, the very first time Fela was arrested. 

"To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spiritualism is the understanding of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in." 
Fela’s explanation on one of his anti-Christian views. 

"…man is here against his will. Where do we come from? What was before us?…when you think you die, you’re not dead. It’s a transition." 
Fela being philosophical on life and death. 

"That is my best friend because it is a gift of the creator to Africans. It is a spirit. Marijuana has five fingers of creation…it enhances all your five senses." 
Pointing to and explaining the essence of a joint. 

"No. Not at all. You know what I want? I want the world to change." 
Fela’s reply to the question : ”Do you want to leave an imprint on the world?” 

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti; 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997).

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Kindness teams up with South African vocalist Busiswa, who you might remember from her feature on DJ Zinhle’s 2012 hit track My Name Is, on this remix of Robyn & Röyksopp’s Monument for their joint project. 

The result is nothing short of amazing. 

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Kindness ft Kelela - With You.

This track is smooth as….yeah.

More music recs on my soundcloud.

Really like this cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking Bout You” by The Night VI.

Denai Moore - The Lake.

NEW MUSIC: SBTRKT Collaborator Denai Moore Releases “I Swore,” and Upcoming Tour Dates.

Heard about Denai Moore a little over a year ago but never quite developed an interest in her sound, perhaps it was the timing.

Recently having collaborated with SBTRKT, she’s back on my radar with the release of her gospel-like single I Swore.

Taken from her EP of the same name, the song is a heartfelt and soulful confession of someone who seems to have lost their way, giving in to rebellion and the pains of growing up.

Moore’s been on tour supporting SBTRKT over the past month with one more date on October 12th at London’s Observer Ideas: Festival For the Mind at the Barbican. She’ll be headlining her own mini-tour in December with three dates in London, Bristol and Manchester on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of the month respectively.

If you love what you hear, her collaboration with Fantastic Mr. Fox is a pretty great track.

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NEW MUSIC: Michigan Beatmaker 14KT Remixes Mizan’s “Thru”.

Been hooked on Mizan's single Thru since I first heard it and have impatiently waiting on new releases from her ever since. Thankfully, 14KT has come to my rescue with this insane remix of her 90s-esque R&B track, adding multiple layers to the song and ultimately taking us all to a brand new sonic dimension.

Listen to Mizan’s Dark Blue EP.

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NEW MUSIC: Tinariwen - “Arhegh Danagh”.

Recorded in California’s Joshua Tree National Park, the most recent album from Malian group Tinariwen is perhaps their best LP yet.

Their latest music video for their song Arhegh Danagh shows the band performing in the southern Californian park - chosen by the band due to its similarities with their home environment.

Due to embark on a North American tour starting October 18th, the band have released a 5-track EP of songs recorded during their Joshua Tree sessions.

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All Africa, All the time.

Jamming to Mary J. Blige’s “Right Now” from her upcoming album The London Sessions.

The song was produced by UK electronic music duo Disclosure.

Kwabs performs an acoustic and down-tempo version of his SOHN-produced song “Last Stand”.

And of course, it’s lovely.

Watch him cover Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”.

This Friday at Chez Ntemba International - Cape Town: South African rapper Cassper Nyovest performs live!

R60 before midnight.

Details here.

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All Africa, All the time.

My Africa Is: Edition Dakar- Le Journal Rappe.

My Africa Is introduceds us to Keyti and Xuman of le Journal Rappe, a new news and information segment that seeks to engage with Senegalese youth by delivering the news through rap.

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All Africa, All the time.